By Pete Moore On April 16th, 2014 at 7:25 pm
Report by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests that US political system serves special interest organisations, instead of voters
This is news? It took a study to figure out the plain obvious?
The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country’s citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded [...]
After sifting through nearly 1,800 US policies enacted in that period (1981 – 2002) and comparing them to the expressed preferences of average Americans (50th percentile of income), affluent Americans (90th percentile) and large special interests groups, researchers concluded that the United States is dominated by its economic elite.
Well yes, obviously. Welcome to democracy. We can explain this. It’s rent-seeking; where the special interests and the politically connected use the law and regulatory agencies to advantage themselves at the cost of everyone else. This is the very point of the existence of the state; to provide the legal fiction and violent back up for their looting. It’s the very reason for its being. Or, another way: the state is the great fiction by which everyone attempts to live at the expense of everyone else.
By Pete Moore On April 16th, 2014 at 7:01 pm
Terrible news from South Korea today, where at least 300 are listed as missing after a ferry sank. Many of the missing are teenage school pupils.
What caught my attention is this snippet:
There were suggestions from survivors that the ferry operator had told passengers to stay in their positions as the ship sank, ending any chance of escape.
Staying in place is, of course, often terrible advice, and maybe here cost hundreds of people their lives. Many people were killed on 9/11 because they stayed in place. Sometimes people follow fatal orders, sometimes they’re paralysed or confused, but whenever something very bad happens your chances of survival increase massively if you are proactive and act. In this I can’t recommend Amanda Ripleys book too highly: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why
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By Pete Moore On April 15th, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Crikey, it’s like everyone’s on a blog strike. Sorry dear readers but I don’t see a PC until evening. Can’t be helped I’m afraid, the government is relying on me to earn its money. Have yourselves an open thread then, one decorated with words of wisdom by the greatest American. Play nicely out there while I go stick some booze in the fridge.
By The Troll On April 15th, 2014 at 12:46 pm
Lets take a look at other things that the non-aggressive Russians are doing shall we.
While we are being led by an Ideologue that has no concept of how to lead a nation let alone deal on an International level, the Russians are having a field day taking advantage of the opportunity to garner points. Over the last week they tested a new ICBM MIRV that they boast can penetrate our defense systems. Now tests like this are normal the Russians have been upgrading their weapon systems while the west cut theirs. The boasting however is done to insult Obama.
The real dangerous provocation happened at Sea. A Russian Fighter Plane buzzed a Navy Destroyer within 1000 Yds. repeatedly for over 90 minutes. The only reason it wasn’t shot down was because our sensors knew it was unarmed. There is a protocol amongst warships, it was setup as to not have a war start by accident. These protocols were violated.
The only reason for this is to insult. The Russians know we can detect what armaments are on an aircraft. They just wanted to taunt and create propaganda that we are weak. Under any other President the risk that this maneuver was would never have been tried.
The two stories regarding the incidents are below
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By Mike Cunningham On April 15th, 2014 at 10:43 am
I have written before of grief, of remembrance, of a loss so sharp that it seemed to cut through the wind; but I get just a little tired of the professional blame bunch, especially from this lot.
They blame the design of the grounds.
They state that the ‘visitors turnstiles’ were old, decrepit, and continually jammed.
They blame the ground’s owners for not remodelling the entire stadium for better access.
They blame the police for not supervising crowd control.
They blame the police for the lack of co-ordination between gates.
They blame the police and the Sheffield club for anything they had previously forgotten to include in their litany of blame.
Strangely enough, not a word is laid; not a finger pointed; not a single utterance of condemnation is made at the Liverpool ‘fans’ who made their final heave to get in to see their sacred ‘club’ play a game of bloody football; and in doing so helped crush ninety-six of their fellow supporters to death.
Once again, the serial champions of the British Cities Victimhood trophy gather to allegedly mourn those who died; the solemn ‘minute silence’ echoes around their silly minds, the bells toll continnually; and we are supposed to feel; What Exactly?
By Pete Moore On April 14th, 2014 at 9:47 pm
After some speculation, the White House has confirmed that CIA Director John Brennan was in Kiev over the weekend.
The White House is now confirming that CIA Director John Brennan visited Ukrainian capital Kiev over the weekend and met with high-ranked Ukrainian officials.
Deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich had accused Brennan of ordering a crackdown on pro-Russian activists in the east of the country, reports RT.
“We don’t normally comment on the CIA director’s travel but given the extraordinary circumstances in this case and the false claims being leveled by the Russians at the CIA we can confirm that the director was in Kiev as part of a trip to Europe,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.
To get the D/CIA on a flight to Kiev is big time and shows beyond all doubt how serious Washington is about getting its way over Ukraine. He doesn’t go anywhere just to give the CIA operatives a pep talk. With Moscow possily stirring it up in the east of the country things won’t be getting quiet there soon.
By Mike Cunningham On April 13th, 2014 at 7:57 pm
Not too many journalists’ work makes me pause, and recognise that amongst the millions of words pumped out about the so-called ‘Peace Process’, with all the blind eyes and deaf ears turned away from the truth which just plain refuses to just shut up and go away, there sometimes appears an article, a commentary which rings true; and so from Jenny McCartney:-
A 43-year-old man called Seamus Daly was charged last week in connection with the 1998 Omagh bomb, the worst single republican terrorist atrocity in Northern Ireland’s history. A massive car bomb exploded in the central shopping area of the town on a busy Saturday afternoon: bungled, inaccurate warnings from those responsible meant that civilians were placed at maximum risk. In the explosion, 29 people died, including children, teenagers and one woman who was heavily pregnant with twins.
The attack was carried out by the “Real” IRA, a dissident group in opposition to the strategy pursued at the time by the Provisional IRA. For years, the prosecution went nowhere. Finally, the families of the victims succeeded in 2009 with a landmark civil prosecution against four men linked to the Real IRA, who were ordered to pay compensation of £1.6 million. One of them was Daly, who still denies involvement. Read the rest of this entry »
By David Vance On April 13th, 2014 at 5:09 pm
I’m over in a sun drenched London for the next few days. My hotel has rather marvellous views over Hyde Park and it is currently full of people enjoying this lovely weather. London is a strange city, full of English history but also foreign accents. As I wandered through the park I was struck by the number of women wearing Islamic garb. Given how warm it is here ( I was sweltered in a jacket) I really do wonder how uncomfortable these ladies must find it? Their husbands were dressed much more appropriately and you can’t help but see their women as chattels, dressed to suit them. Anyway I will try and put a few posts up but just letting you know that I am alive and well and in Londonistan.